Guantánamo

Gen. Dempsey: Guantánamo creates ‘scar’

Hooded protesters take part in a demonstration against the Guantánamo Bay detention facility on Jan. 11, 2015 outside of the White House in Washington, D.C.
Hooded protesters take part in a demonstration against the Guantánamo Bay detention facility on Jan. 11, 2015 outside of the White House in Washington, D.C. AFP/GETTY IMAGES

(AP) — Count the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman among those who believe it’s in the national interest to close the Guantánamo Bay detention center.

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey said the facility at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba “does create a psychological scar on our national values. Whether it should or not, it does.”

The U.S. has transferred a number of detainees recently as President Barack Obama tries to make progress toward his goal of closing Guantánamo.

The prison now holds 127 captives, 59 of them cleared for release.

Dempsey said there still are “dozens” who must be held.

He told Fox News Sunday that’s a policy decision for elected officials — what to do if these detainees shouldn’t be released and Congress doesn’t allow them to be brought to the United States.

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